News, Analysis & UpdatesOctober 23, 2009

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The Injury Report – Week 7

By Michael Stephens

Indianapolis Colts v Jacksonville Jaguars

Though the fantasy meat wagon never stops making its rounds, Week 7 has significantly fewer injuries than some previous weeks in the ‘09 season – with six teams on byes this week, that is definitely music to the fantasy owner’s ears! The returns of Frank Gore and Bob Sanders are getting lots of publicity, but inside the Injury Report you’ll also find news on some other comebacks that will happen this week (or at least very soon) as well as some setbacks that will keep big-name guys out of the lineup on Sunday. This week’s Injury Report seeks to focus only on fantasy-relevant injuries, and will mainly focus only on guys you’d actually roster in a 14-team league during the bye weeks. By cutting the fluff, we should give you a shorter, more concise look at the injuries, so you can make all the right calls on Sunday!

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    Trent Edwards (head) – O, will miss Sunday’s game at Carolina because of a concussion suffered in last week’s win vs. NYJ.


NFL San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals
    Frank Gore (ankle) – P, practiced fully Wednesday; should be good to go vs. HOU on Sunday.
    Jonathan Stewart (Achilles) – Q, participated fully in practice Friday and should be good to go for soft matchup vs. the Bills on Sunday.
    Felix Jones (knee) – Q, practiced for second straight day Thurs w/ brace on injured knee, should see touches Sunday that will further muddy Dallas RB situation.
    Sammy Morris (knee) – Q, but was not seen with Patriots travel group leaving for London and was also not present at first practice in the UK Friday.
    Jerious Norwood (hip) – Q, has not practiced at all this week, and with Michael Turner’s injury status firmly at the “probable” level, his touches will be limited even if he plays.
Detroit Lions v New Orleans Saints


    Calvin Johnson (right knee) – Q, was not moving as well at practice Thursday as he was Wednesday, which is never a good sign. Stay tuned after the bye.
    Anquan Boldin (ankle) – Q, did practice Friday morning, but still a game-time decision Sunday.
    Braylon Edwards (quad) – Q, limited participant in practice Thursday, but should be ready to play this weekend.
    Jerricho Cotchery (hamstring) – O, did very little in practice Thursday and won’t play Sunday vs. Oakland.
    Donnie Avery (hip) – Q, limited at practice Thursday, but still should be good to go on Sunday.
    Percy Harvin (shoulder) – Q, limited in practice for second day day in a row; likely a game-time decision.
    Anthony Gonzalez (knee) – O, close to returning to practice, but not in game shape yet – could be two more weeks until he’s ready.
Seattle Seahawks v Indianapolis Colts


    Lofa Tatupu (chest) – O, tore pectoral vs. ARI, will miss remainder of season.
    Barrett Ruud (elbow) – P, was full participant in Thursday and Friday’s practices and is good to go this weekend.
    DeMarcus Ware (foot) – P, will play out season with hairline fracture in foot as long as things don’t take a turn for the worse.
    Jerod Mayo (knee) – P, practiced fully Friday; hopefully good to go from here on out.
    Thomas Davis (hamstring) – Q, missed all of practice Thursday; status still up in the air for Sunday.
    Pisa Tinoisamoa (knee) – O, opted for season-ending knee surgery; placed on IR.
    Bob Sanders (knee) – P, will make season debut Sunday vs. St. Louis, immediately strengthening Indy’s rush defense and all players around him on the defensive side of the ball.
Atlanta Falcons v San Francisco 49ers
    Michael Lewis (head) – Q, was limited in Wednesday’s practice; continuing post-concussion-like symptoms could keep him out of Sunday’s game against the Texans.
    Marcus Trufant (back) – O, practiced for first time on Tuesday (was on PUP); could return after Seattle’s Week 7 bye.
    LeRoy Hill (groin) – Q, practiced for the first time on Tuesday; should be ready for Week 8.
    Mario Williams (shoulder) – Q, head coach Gary Kubiak said Williams is feeling better and should be ready to go against the 49ers this weekend.
    Roy L. Williams (forearm) – Q, missed practice Thursday; game-time decision.
    Kris Jenkins (knee) – O, season-ending ACL repair surgery; placed on IR.
Michael Stephens is an avid fantasy sports enthusiast who writes for the Cafe. He hails from the Pacific Northwest and is a die-hard Seahawk and Mariner fan to the core! You can find Michael in the Cafe's forums where he actively posts under the name WaCougMBS.
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